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An important step to improving access to government service for
metro residents is taking place today with a tender call for
office space in Halifax and Dartmouth to house a multiple-service
centre in each community.

Business and Consumer Services Minister Sandy Jolly said the
centres are being created as part of the department's mandate to
provide Nova Scotians with better and more convenient access to
government services and programs.

Staff at the new centres will offer Registry of Motor Vehicles
licensing and registration services, help with consumer
complaints and residential tenancy issues (i.e.,disputes between
landlords and tenants), provide information about government
services and programs and provide access to services of the
Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

"One of the most important aspects of this announcement is that
Dartmouth will have its own Registry of Motor Vehicles office,"
Ms. Jolly said. " About 10 percent of Nova Scotians live in the
Dartmouth area.  The city has grown considerably over the past
number of years but access to government service has not kept

The minister said Business and Consumer Services will be opening
14 similar multi-service centres over the next three to five
years.  In addition to Halifax and Dartmouth, one will open in
Kentville this year. "In each case, existing staff from each area
will be moving into a new facility," the minister said. 
"Government isn't getting bigger and no jobs will be lost."

Evaluation of responses to the tender call is expected to be
completed within six to eight weeks.


Contact: David MacNeil   (902) 424-2933

mfm     Feb. 12, 1997        10:30 a.m.